What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS) first earns a doctorate in Dental Surgery or Dental Medicine (DDS or DMD) and then completes a four or six year hospital-based surgical residency. OMSs train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology, and spend time in plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other specialty areas. We are leaders in dental implant technology as well as the full spectrum of oral and facial surgery.

We are among the only specialists in the dental field qualified to administer general anesthesia. We are hospital credentialed and though we perform most of our surgeries in-office, in specialized operatories, we also operate at Dixie Regional Medical Center as necessary for patient medical issues or case complexity.

Our assistants are DAANCE (Dental Anesthesia Administration National Certification Exam) Certified which means they meet national standards in training and testing set forth by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and can provide supportive anesthesia care in a safe and effective manner.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Wayne Dudley

Dr. Dudley has performed Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in hospitals across the United States and around the world, and is qualified to provide a full scope of care in oral and maxillofacial surgery with an emphasis in dental implant placement, wisdom teeth and other surgical tooth removal, bone grafting, corrective jaw surgery, and oral pathology. He earned his B.S. degree (Biology major) from Utah State University and his doctorate of Dental Surgery from University of Washington School of Dentistry. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force and completed his General Practice Residency at Offutt AFB in Nebraska. His oral and maxillofacial surgery residency was at the Air Force’s premier medical center in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Matthew Mizukawa

A highly-qualified and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Mizukawa obtained a B.S. in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University and a Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Mizukawa completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was chosen amongst hundreds of medical and surgical residents as the Best Consultant to the Department of Emergency Medicine for his work in emergency medicine and trauma surgery in 2009. He served in private practice following graduation but soon after took the offered opportunity to return to Vanderbilt to teach in the residency program.

Dr. Erik Nielsen

We are very pleased to announce the addition of a third surgeon to Dixie Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery. Erik J. Nielsen, D.D.S., M.D. joined our practice in July 2019 after completing his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Nielsen is originally from Escondido, California where he attended Palomar Junior College and played football before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Washington DC area. Following his mission he attended Brigham Young University and received a BS in Exercise Science and then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Dr. Nielsen graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2016 and completed a general surgery internship before embarking on his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training there.
St. George Office

435.673.1554

1308 East 900 South Saint George, Utah 84790

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Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm Friday: 7:30am-1:00pm

Cedar City Office

435.867.1474

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Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm Friday: 7:30am-1:00pm